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2014-07-23 at 15:34

Protocol in place

Striking Bombardier workers man the picket lines in this July file photograph. Bombardier and Unifor, the union representing the near-900 striking workers, on Wednesday agreed to a picket line protocol. file photograph
Striking Bombardier workers man the picket lines in this July file photograph. Bombardier and Unifor, the union representing the near-900 striking workers, on Wednesday agreed to a picket line protocol.
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By Jamie Smith,

THUNDER BAY -- Bombardier and the union representing its nearly 900 striking workers have a picket-line protocol in place.

The company asked for an injunction citing safety concerns as a strike continues at the Thunder Bay plant. On Wednesday a judge told the company and Unifor to work out an agreement, which they did Wednesday afternoon.

Once the two sides submitted the protocol they had agreed to, the judge made it official via a court order.

"Basically the judge said that he wanted us to try and get a deal amongst ourselves the best we can," Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said.

Workers not part of the striking collective bargaining unit who need to cross the line will now have a 25-minute maximum wait. There's no limit on how many pickets the union can have.

While there's no date on when cars will ship out, the company will give the union 72 hours notice before that happens.

"It could have been a lot worse," Pasqualino said.

"I thought we were getting along fine before. I think that it hasn't really changed significantly from what we were doing anyways."

Bombardier spokesperson Stephanie Ash said the agreement is subtle but will make sure everyone gets to work safely and on time. The company is happy with the deal but disappointed that it had to go to court.

"There are compromises on both sides," she said.

Pasqualino said his members will abide by the judge's orders, something Ash said the company hopes as well.

"The agreement is only as good as the people who are enforcing it so we're really now looking to the Unifor leadership to make sure that their members are aware of the protocol agreement."


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damanisback says:
hang in there brothers and sisters. We all know the type of management we have in the plant. we also know they couldn't even manage a bake sale. we also know the longer this drags on that the animosity towards them will build. I can only speak for myself, but if and when this is over I will no longer train Forman's and managers on the basic theory of manufacturing and assembly. Just keep my mouth shut do my job and they will be exposed of there incompetence and bloated numbers with no answers. just survive 1 meeting at a time and throw the blame in circles till the last finger points at you. then bye bye. time to change management again.its been a couple of years no?
7/23/2014 4:23:19 PM
bird500 says:
"The company is happy with the deal but disappointed that it had to go to court."

If the company would agree to meet at the bargaining table instead of just at the picket line, the agreement could have been in place immediately. Same with the contract, the company could bargain at the table and not at the line. Poor form on the company's part.
7/23/2014 4:31:05 PM
bonzo says:
this picture is going to go viral!
7/23/2014 4:39:00 PM
udecide says:
" damanisback " sounds like you should be a manager,you think very highly of yourself lol. Soon you and your buddies will be moving away for work or whinning here in welfare city. Shut thhe plant down if people dont want to work.
7/24/2014 7:55:19 AM
..really , and germans love david hasselhoff!!
7/24/2014 4:15:05 PM
mystified says:
And it sounds like you should turn off your computer and get a life. Why the union bashing? These men and women have a right to strike when their jobs are on the line. It is obvious you don't work and like to see people trying to make a living loose what they hired on for and work for. You betcha Thunder Bay would be a welfare town if Bombardier had it their way. 900 souls out of work, unable to make payments, the housing market flooded with foreclosures. You have to be pretty sick minded to wish that upon those affected by this stoppage.
7/24/2014 5:43:52 PM
moi says:
Wait for a bit longer when the strikers are trying to get by/meeting their payments on their.. mortgage,vehicle,insurance,credit cards or other necessities of life.. on, strike pay..
then you'll hear guys like damian changing their tune.With no regular paycheck coming in,most of the strikers will find it difficult to remain on the picket line.Finding employment ELSEWHERE will become the priority for the members should this strike action drag on. As much as they'd like to think their "big bad union" will have Bombardier shaking in their boots with the union's action of walking off the job...let me guess who'll win this one.And it won't be unifor.
You can't always get what you want, as the song says. Winter and Christmas isn't that far away.The union has shot itself in the foot with this strike action.
7/24/2014 6:18:18 PM
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